Market complex worth Rs 4.30 crore to be set up at Lilong

IMPHAL, 18th Dec: Chief Minister N Biren Singh has announced that the state government has constituted a state level committee comprising members cutting across party lines to identify developmental needs at areas having substantial population of minority communities and as the first initiative a market shed worth Rs 4.30 crore will be set up at Lilong area, one of the densely populated minority areas.
He was speaking as chief guest at the Minorities Rights Day organised by Manipur State Minorities Commission (MSMC) at Chandrakirti auditorium Tuesday.
Biren said that the government is set to take up various developmental works under a pilot project at minority dominated areas of the state. Lilong being the most important minority area, work for the said project would be taken up first at the locality. However, developmental projects would be extended to other minority areas as well in due course of time, he assured.
Expressing resentment over absence of all the three minority MLAs who were mentioned in the invitation card of the MSMC as guests of honour, he suggested that programme organisers prepare the invitation list after due consultation with the probable invitees to avoid recurrence of embarrassing situation in future.
Biren also urged the people to understand the value of time and money while expressing that the state will be incomparable if all the people work together with mutual understanding for the welfare and development of the state.
As a part of the function, the Chief Minister launched a website of minority commission, apart from the annual report of the commission.
It may be mentioned that in-spite of his busy schedule, CM Biren managed to reach the programme venue before 10.30 am but the three minority MLAs including Md Asabuddin (Jiribam), Md Abdul Nasir (Lilong) and Md Fajur Rahim (Wabagai), who were listed to attend the programme as guests of honour, were not able to make their presence felt at the programme till 12 o’clock. As a result, the programme began after 12.05 pm without waiting for the guests of honour.
As part of this new initiative of the state government, a market shed worth Rs 4.30 crore exclusively for Meitei-Pangal womenfolk would be constructed at Lilong, for which foundation stone would be laid soon, the CM
Apart from it, a Sadbhavana Mandap and a 50-bedded hostel for boys and girls would also be constructed at the locality within short notice, Biren announced.
The Chief Minister also informed that around 1500-2000 minority families have been identified for providing benefits under PMAY housing scheme.
In order to provide skill development training to minority youths, Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Lilong would be upgraded to an advanced skill development training centre.
MSMC chairman Dr Syed Burhan-Uddin, Manipur State Haj Committee chairman Moulana Abdus Salam, MSMC members Dr MS Ningomba and Rev M Ranjit Singh and MOBC secretary Kh Raghumani Singh also attended the function.

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